When it comes to pests, wasps are often among the most common. They have wide-ranging habitats and come into contact with humans frequently, making themselves at home in the same places that humans inhabit. While wasps can certainly be a nuisance to homeowners, it’s also important to understand their habits if you want to avoid their wrath. Below is what you need to know about wasps to protect yourself and your home.

What Do Wasps Look Like?

Wasps are relatively small (about 20mm), winged insects. They tend to be slim with long legs and brownish wings. Some species of wasp have reddish markings. They’re most easily identified by their proximity to a nest. If you’re not sure if you have wasps on your property, you should contact wasp nest and bee removal services. for help in identifying the pests.

The Danger of Wasps

Wasps tend to pose dangers to humans in the most obvious of ways – they are territorial, and thus they’ll attack anyone who comes too close to their nests. While bee stings tend to get more press, it’s entirely possible for an individual who is allergic to wasps to go into anaphylactic shock after being stung. Even those who aren’t allergic can have unpleasant reactions to the painful stings.

Wasps are, fortunately, not usually the cause of major direct damage to homes. They tend to nest in existing cracks and loose material, which can, unfortunately, exacerbate existing damage. In general, you’ll want to avoid any further problems by engaging the help of wasp nest and bee removal services.

Where and When You Can Find Wasps

One of the biggest problems with wasps is that you can find them pretty much everywhere that humans live. They live all over North America, in areas ranging from the heart of cities to sparsely inhabited meadows. They do tend to stick to the temperate areas, though, with a range the starts in Southern Canada.

Wasps tend to become more active as the months get warmer. The peak season for the wasps is the summer, with huge numbers of wasps hatching during late June and early July. As a note, that same love of warmth means that wasps tend to be much more active during the day than they are at night, though wasps will defend their nests if you disturb them even when it gets dark.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wasps

Are Wasps Dangerous?

Much like bees, wasps can be dangerous to those who are allergic to their stings. While most reactions to wasp stings are mild, they can cause those with allergies to go into fatal anaphylactic shock.

Do Wasps Sting?

Yes, wasps sting. They typically sting only when bothered or threatened, though proximity to the nest does tend to agitate wasps.

Where Do Wasps Build Nests?

Wasps build nests in any spot where they can find shelter. This includes overhangs, inside garages, and they can even build their nests under loose shingles.

For more information about wasps and removing and preventing wasp infestations in your home, get in touch with the pest control specialists at ASAP Pest Control and ask about our wasp nest and bee control services.